The Year in Books: Favorite Reads of 2014

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12.30.14 / 2014 favorite books
This year I read 64 books–up from last year’s list of 46, and I’m glad I read even more because I just want to read all the books! Of course, it was a challenge to go through all of those and choose my favorites, which is why there’s an honorable mentions list at the end of this post, but I still did my best to narrow it down for the genres I came up with.

Adult Fiction: Landline by Rainbow Rowell / This book quickly earned its place as my favorite Rainbow Rowell novel. I read it in about twenty-four hours, which tells you just how much I enjoyed it. I had to tear myself away in the morning to go to work, and I rushed home to finish up the last chapters. It was exactly what you would expect from Rowell: witty, emotional, and heartfelt, which is exactly why I chose it as the one to get signed when she was in Boston a few months back. It had this special touch that made it the most important to me of all her novels that I’ve read so far. (I’m still missing Attachments.)

Horror: Horns by Joe Hill / Last year I put NOS4A2 in this spot, and not far into this year I ended up reading Horns, which I enjoyed even more. I became a huge fan of Joe Hill this year, reading Horns and 20th Century Ghosts, as well as starting Locke & Key (which was runner-up for this position). Horns is sarcastic and suspenseful, and it has this fabulous twist (or two) to it that I can’t help but appreciate.

Scifi/Fantasy: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern / I didn’t read a lot of scifi or fantasy this year, but I do remember that when I read this months and months back. I knew very little about the book going in (only that my mom really enjoyed it), and I think it was a little slow for me at first, if only because I didn’t know what to expect, but the way the story unfolded and the tension created throughout was exceptional.

Young Adult: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs / It seems like so many of my favorites are from earlier in the year! But honestly, looking back at my list, this was probably my favorite of the YA selections. It is a sequel, so yeah, it probably makes more sense if you read the first one, too, but I think part of why I liked it was the fact that it was a sequel, so it didn’t require a lot of explanation to get into the story.

Non-Fiction: Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder  / One of the most recent reads on this list, it may be one of my tip-top favorites of the year. As an avid fan of Sylvia Plath, it was fun to read about her month as guest editor at Mademoiselle. There were so many interesting facts included, and it was fascinating just how much the time mirrored The Bell Jar.

Comics/Graphic Novels: Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez / Okay, yes, so maybe I put this category here just so I could include Locke & Key on the list since it wasn’t the horror pick, but really–it’s fabulous. It’s beyond fabulous! The art is on point–so creepy!–and the story is just as captivating. I only have the first three volumes of the series, but believe me: I’m dying to get my hands on the rest soon.

Honorable mentions: Yes Please by Amy Poehler; Divergent (series) by by Veronica Roth; The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini; Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

What did you read this year?
What did you love (or hate)? What do you recommend I put on my list for 2015?

December 31, 2014
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  • Kay

    I have a bunch of these on my list! I bought NOS4A2 for my friend for Christmas, and I’m pretty excited to borrow it at some point haha! Horns definitely sounds intriguing (I’d heard about it in movie form first) and I hope to read it at some point, along with Locke and Key which has been on my list for awhile.

    • Sonya

      Horns is fabulous, both the book and the movie! Basically, you can’t go wrong with anything by Joe Hill. He’s great. I also follow him on Twitter, which is always fun, though I get sad when he’s going to be signing books and it’s just too far for me to go.

  • Added a few to my library hold list. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Sonya

      Ohh, what did you pick? Let me know what you think of what you read!!

      • Horns, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Pretty sure the hold for Ready Player One is broken because it’s been on my list for 6 months + and Yes Please’s queue is down to single digits so I’ll get it soon. YAY books!

        • Sonya

          Fabulous choices! That’s too bad about Ready Player One, though. It was a slow start reading, but it turned out to be really fun and worth pushing through.

  • I’m so late to this party, but this is such a great list. Landline was a favorite of mine too, and you’ve got me wanting to reread The Night Circus (I enjoyed it, but it did start out a tad slow).

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